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Old 10-15-2005, 06:24 PM   #1
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Question Ketosis: The Pros and Cons

Hi everyone, what are your views on Ketosis, is it good for you? some people say yes and some no, what are the pros and cons on ketosis? And also, what is the exact meaning of Ketosis? Thanks all

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Old 10-17-2005, 10:19 AM   #2
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Re: Ketosis: The Pros and Cons

Originally Posted by happyface25
Hi everyone, what are your views on Ketosis, is it good for you? some people say yes and some no, what are the pros and cons on ketosis? And also, what is the exact meaning of Ketosis? Thanks all
Ketosis is a stage in metabolism occurring when the liver has been depleted of stored glycogen and switches to a fasting mode such as occurs during sleep, during dieting, and during the body's response to starvation. Energy from fat is mobilized to the liver and used to synthesize glucose (a process called gluconeogenesis) from lactic acid, glucogenic amino acids, and glycerol carbon substrates. Ketones are also produced during this fasting state, and are burned throughout the body.

hear are the cons since I do believe unless you are epileptic that putting your body in a state of ketosis is detremental on your organs and brain.

In high-protein diets, the body’s normal fuel for energy—carbohydrates—are in severe short supply, so it compensates by burning fat. But this inefficient means of providing the body with an alternative source of energy also produces toxic byproducts known as ketones, in a process called ketosis. Some ketones leave the body via the lungs, while others must be excreted by the kidneys, a process that not only can overwork the organs, but also one that requires lots of water. But along with the ketones, the kidney may also excrete beneficial electrolytes, such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. During ketosis the kidneys excrete potassium, and the potassium level in the blood can drop to a dangerous level. This has the potential to lead to muscle fatigue and heart arrhythmias."...Lisa

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